President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has launched the Uganda Green Jobs programme in Kamuli municipality, Busoga region, in efforts to eradicate poverty and unemployment in the region.
At the launch, The president pledged continuous commitment to help Ugandans live out of poverty. “I have been doing this work of getting Ugandans out of sleeping since the early 60s. I started from our place in secondary school. That time all people did not know how to make money; they were only working for the stomach. When you hear people talking about poverty, the cause is working only for the stomach. Others who try to work for money do it without a Ekibalo (calculation). I want us to fight this war in phases.” Museven revealed.
During the function, The President also handed over business startup kits to various youth and women groups in the area including 79 groups who received tailoring machines, 11 groups who received oven for bakeries, 9 groups who received desk top computers among others, for both educated and non-educated people.
This is the second cohort launched and is composed of 190 groups with a total membership of 3,228 members drawn from 9 districts namely; Kamuli, Buikwe, Jinja, Kaliro, Iganga, Mayuge, Namutumba, Mukono and Wakiso.
In December 2017, President Yoweri Museveni Kaguta handed over income generating equipment to the first cohort 87 groups with 2000 beneficiaries from Kampala and Wakiso districts respectively.
At the launch, Museveni said that the rest of the groups across the country should be patient for their turn as the programme is intended to move countrywide.
The President noted that Uganda has progressed in infrastructure development and moneymaking sectors, which has increased production but the challenge remained with obtaining markets, which he said is being solved by collaboration with other countries.
The Uganda Green Jobs Program aims at creating green and descent jobs to enhance labor productivity and reduce poverty through promotion of workplace skilling and enhancement of productivity and competitiveness of workers and enterprises.
The program supports informal sector businesses in mechanical, metal fabrication
welding, electrical, woodwork, carpentry, art and design, leatherworks, textile, tailoring, plumbing, construction, Agro-processing and ICT among others.